Last week, The Writer's Almanac
featured three poems by Kim Addonizio
. I really like two of them -- For You
and Scary Movies
. (Scary Movies
is my favorite. It's awesome. LOVE the ending.)
Speaking of love, you might prefer Forms of Love
. It's poetry, so preferences are personal.
Look at how Addonizio plays with structure, from the rhythm of For You
to the carry-you-through-the-poem stanza breaks in Scary Movies
to the repetitive structure of Forms of Love
is really short, so I'll copy it here. Check the links for the others -- and let me know which one you like best!
by Kim Addonizio
For you I undress down to the sheaths of my nerves.
I remove my jewelry and set it on the nightstand,
I unhook my ribs, spread my lungs flat on a chair.
I dissolve like a remedy in water, in wine.
I spill without staining, and leave without stirring the air.
I do it for love. For love, I disappear.
"For You" by Kim Addonizio, from Lucifer at the Starlight. © W.W. Norton and Co., 2009.
P.S. I used a small font for the poem in hopes that the line breaks won't be changed in the posting. I read a fascinating article recently quoting Billy Collins and his concerns re: poetry "translated" into electronic media (Kindles, etc.) incorrectly. Line breaks are generally incidental in prose, as long as the paragraph breaks are clear. It's a completely different story in poetry.
P.P.S. Yes. That's Addonizio's official bio photo. Another reason to like her.
I think I like For You the most, though it is also the most disturbing.
And I heard the Billy Collins interview. I hope electronic gadgets will stay away from poetry until someone can figure out the line issue.
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